Really been thinking about murder lately. Heard a message today on Moody radio while driving to work and that pressed the issue.
Yes, of the 10 commandments, murder is one of those commandments we can usually breathe easy and feel confident and good that we kept it. But did we?
Jesus said that if you hate someone in your heart, you have already committed the crime. And it goes back to the fact 100% truth that God is in the business of heart, mind and motives. (This is why porn is so bad, by the way, already committed adultery when you engage in it, along with the idolatry and further marriage-breaking evil of it, but I digress.)
So, murder is really being extremely angry out of greed, jealousy, selfishness, pride, whatever. You are at that point saying that you are more important than who you are angry at, devaluing them and thus shaking a fist at God and His loving, purposeful design of another human being.
So I quite frankly had to ask for God’s forgiveness for murdering several people in my lifetime. And I would suggest searching your heart for such thoughts and repent of that line of thinking.
That all being said, the opposite of devaluing other people is praise and worship of God and encouraging other people. Telling God how great of a job He did creating people, His ultimate design; choosing to devote yourself to Him in appreciation; and encouraging other people to live up to their designed, beautiful potential from God are all ways to please God and live out His design. This is the opposite of putting one’s self above all of that in your mind.❤
In days gone by, my voice was heard fighting against tyrrany, against opression, against hate, against judging, against against against. Today, I pray everyday for God to help me to show love. Because I listened to great ones who have lived their lives proving that love speaks louder than hate. Being for someone is a much greater sacrifice than being their critic. Loving is a stronger healer than criticism. I understand full well being judged, being criticised, being attacked even for wrongs I have done, being hurt for the sake of being shown wrong. When we seperate the person from humanity and see them as a function of their rights and wrongs, not only do we request the same for ourselves but we do not allow that person to grow into their best them. Fighting any evil dictates with a strong glove that love be your 1-2 punch. Love in essence, is putting the gloves down. Yes, behavior that harms people or society must be quickly suppressed to the extent that safety of all is more important than complete mercy for every wrong. There must be rules and boundaries and punishments to reinforce those. It has to happen to revoke chaos and damage to the societal whole. But each individual is an individual. We are all children of God. Some wander far from Him but will only be chased further away by attacks. People can only be brought back to communion with God through love, which may be tough but whose motives are always love. Hate never solves anything. Love always solves everything. Love is more powerful because God is Love. What is more powerful? Nothing. The stronger the force against it, the more love shines. It knows it has already won. Love is confident in its power.